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Additional 12 State-owned Tertiary Institutions Submit Student Data to NELFUND 




The Management of Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) has announced the onboarding of an additional 12 state government-owned tertiary institutions to the student loan application portal.

This is disclosed in a statement made available to newsmen by Nasir Ayitogo, Head, Media and Public Relations, NELFUND, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Ayitogo said that the expansion came following the successful submission and verification of data completeness and accuracy required from the institutions.

He said with the latest addition, the total number of participating state government-owned tertiary institutions had been increased from the initial 36 to 48.

Ayitogo urged all institutions yet to submit their students’ data to the Student Verification Portal (SVS) of the fund to do so to enable their students benefit from the scheme.

He advised states whose data had been captured and successfully uploaded to urgently sensitise their students to apply.

He said doing this would bring succour to students, who were struggling financially whilst also bringing guaranteed revenue to the institutions.

Ayitogo urged students from the newly added state government-owned tertiary institutions to visit to apply for the loan, while noting that students’ data from 121 institutions was still outstanding.

He listed the 12 additional state-owned tertiary institutions as Abia State Polytechnic, Benue State University, Makurdi, College of Education, Waka-Biu and University of Medical and Applied Sciences Enugu State.

Others are Aliko Dangote University of science and Technology Wudil, Kano State, Kwara Polytechnic, Lagos State University of Science and Technology and Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai, Niger State.

In the list are also Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, Taraba State Polytechnic and Yobe State University.



Navy Donates Educational Materials to A’Ibom School




The Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base (FOB), Ibaka, under Operation Delta Sanity 11, has donated educational materials to Saint Paul’s African Primary School in Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.

The Commanding Officer, FOB, Ibaka, Capt. Uche Aneke, who made the donation on Friday, said the gesture was part of the efforts to kick-start Operation Delta Sanity 11 and foster civil relationship with host communities.

Aneke enlightened the students that Operation Delta Sanity 11 was a renewed effort of the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm.

Emmanuel Ogalla, toward ending the menace of crude oil theft.

He further enlightened them on the economic and environmental effects of illegal oil bunkering and smuggling of petroleum products as well as the security consequences on the Nigerian maritime environment.

He said that the Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) exercise, which involved educational outreach and community services among others, was used to drive the message in a non-kinetic line of operation.

He emphasised that under the current leadership of the Chief of Naval Staff, such community services would be constant and sustained.

The Commanding Officer urged the female pupils to take their academics seriously and observe good hygiene.

“Parents of  girls of school-age who are out of school within the community are also encouraged to enroll in school for a brighter future,” he said.

Aneke said Operation Delta Sanity 11 as well as constant surveillance of areas under the FOB Ibaka Area of Operations and Eastern Naval Command Area of Responsibility would be sustained.

He explained that the operations were aimed at flushing out all forms of criminal elements.

In her remarks, the Head Teacher of St. Paul’s African Primary School at Ibaka, Mrs Justina Uko, thanked the Nigerian Navy for the gesture.

Uko said that the initiative would enhance education in the community.

She emphasised the importance of girl-child in the country and prayed that God would continue to bless the Nigerian Navy for impacting knowledge on the pupils of the school.

“We thank and appreciate Nigerian Navy for what they have done to the pupils of the school; we pray that God should bless them more and more,” the head teacher said.

Highlights of the outreach included sensitisation lecture and the donation of exercise books and writing materials to encourage and support the schoolgirls.

Report says that the theme of the exercise was “The impact of Girl-Child Education on Community Development with focus on the Ibaka Community”. (NAN)

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MTN Foundation Sponsors 457 Students to MUSON in 17 Years 




MTN Foundation (MTNF) says, since 2007, it has sponsored a total of 457 students on two-year training at the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON).

The foundation said that in spite of the challenging economic situation, it had and would continue to support the  development of youths due to its commitment and deep responsibility to make good things happen.

The Executive Secretary, MTNF, Mrs Odunayo Sanya, said this on Friday at the 17th graduation of its sponsored students from the Muson Diploma School of Music in Lagos.

Sanya said that 2024 had been quite challenging, and that the Foundation could have stopped the sponsorship but for its commitment.

“The journey has been long, 17 years, and getting stronger over the years, but we will continue to support and be an inspiration to others.

“You are a gift that we wrapped. MTN Foundation has wrapped you as a gift and we are presenting you to the world so make a vow to be a worthy gift to the world.

“I am happy we saw members of the alumni also give back, even if you do not pay back in Muson, please continue to give back remember some people also took a chance on you and that is why you are here today.

“Another thing I will like to say is that at the foundation, we expect that the alumni body will become very strong.

”Over 400 people across the world can do wonders, but you cannot do it except  you come together and that is something  we would take very serious and support, hoping that the alumni body will make a change and have a voice in Nigeria.

”It’s been a journey of 17 years. What you are experiencing today is a testament that MTN has at heart, the Nigerian youth,” the MTNF scribe told the graduands.

Also speaking at the occasion, a Director of MTNF, Mr Dennis Okoro, urged the graduands to be the best in whatever they do.

Okoro said, “this programme tends as a launch pitch for talents to blossom, plenty doors for countless opportunities to transcend boundaries and bring about change.”

He said that the foundation had no doubt that the graduands had a chance to transcend nationally and internationally.

“So far, 457 have passed through this programme. Thank you Muson for accepting our support and for your mentorship,” he said.

In her address, the Director, MUSON/ MTNF School of Music, Princess Banke Ademola, said the school had witnessed 457 students in the  MTNF scholarship programme.

Ademola said that MUSON  and MTNF were specifically proud of those who had created a niche for themselves locally  and internationally, showcasing Nigeria’s rich and diverse culture.

She said that this remarkable  achievement would not have been possible without the foresight and generosity of the founding fathers, sponsors and donors.

According to her, they recognise the importance of quality education in music and saw the zeal of Nigerian youths and how the youths often lack opportunity, so they provided well enough the facilities being enjoyed today.

“The year 2024 with its inflation and economic pressures was particularly  difficult, but we are indeed still grateful  to God.

”This year has a significant expansion of which 45 students were graced with scholarship from MTNF and small amounts from MUSON,” Adeola said.

According to her, the new 45 students will be experiencing innovative training.

She encouraged the graduands to be the spark that ignited and illuminated the world, “be slow and steady and not explosive, because the world needs your light for a long time.”

Reports says that various awards were presented to the graduands from the Alumni, MTNF, donors and sponsors among others. (NAN)

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Nigerian Students Win Outstanding Cambridge Awards




Six students from three secondary schools in Nigeria have received Top in the World Outstanding Cambridge Learners Awards for the June and November 2023 Cambridge examination series.

The Country Director of Nigeria British Council, Mrs Lucy Pearson, made this known at the British Council Recognition and Outstanding Cambridge Learners Awards in Lagos on Thursday night.

Reports says that British Council, in collaboration with Cambridge International Examinations, recognise outstanding achievements of students from various British Council partner-schools across Nigeria.

Pearson said that the awards went to learners who achieved the highest marks globally in English as a second language (speaking endorsement).

The country director said that two Nigerian students made the achievement  in the June 2023 Cambridge Examination series, while four  emerged from the November 2023 series.

She said that six Nigerian students were from Brookstone School, James Hope College, Lagos, and The Ambassadors Group of Schools.

The country director said  that Oluwademilade David and Omaghomi Sharon from the Brookstone School, emerged winners in the June 2023 series.

She added that Obodoechi Chiedozie, Favour Chinecherem and Fehintoluwa Erinayo were from James Hope College, Lagos, while Bamidele Sharon was from Ambassadors Group of Schools.

Pearson also said that 95 students from 37 British Council partner-schools generally achieved  a remarkable feat of obtaining the highest marks in British Council partner-schools in Nigeria.

She said: “These are in subjects such as Sociology, ICT and Business Studies.

“This award is granted to students who have obtained the highest marks in the world in a single subject.

“Additionally, 71 students received the Top in Nigeria awards for achieving the highest standard mark in the country for individual subjects.

“Further accolades included 48 High Achievement’ Awards and eight Best Across Awards, recognising students with the highest cumulative standard marks across multiple subjects.

“We use strict criteria to calculate Cambridge Awards. These criteria ensure that the achievements we recognise are consistent across the world in all subjects and at all qualification levels,” the official said.

Pearson said that the globally-recognised qualifications helped students to attend the best universities, find amazing career opportunities and set themselves up for a more rewarding life.

The country director said that the council was honoured to work with its partner-schools in delivering United Kingdom assessments and qualifications in Nigeria.

Mr Juan Visser, the Regional Director, Sub-Sahara Africa International Education, Cambridge University, congratulated the learners from Nigeria for the academic achievements in the June and November 2023 examination series.

Visser said  that every element of Cambridge education – the curriculum, teaching and learning, resources and assessment  – were carefully designed to help learners  to develop their potential.

“The Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards recognises exceptional performances around the world in Cambridge examinations.

“The awards reflect the talent and hard work of learners and acknowledge the dedication and commitment of their teachers and parents.

“With the qualifications that they have gained, Cambridge learners are well prepared to take on exciting opportunities that lie ahead and achieve their dreams.

Speaking on behalf of the awardees, Oluwademilade David, said that they were excited to be recognised.

David said that the recognition required hard work.

He advised Nigerian students to put in their best in studies. (NAN)

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